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The Voter’s Speakeasy featuring unbiased reporting and insight into life at Project Vote Smart from our staff, interns, and volunteers.

National Intern Spotlight: Sean Pedigo

2012 June 25


Q: Where are you from and what school do you attend?

A: I am from Louisville, KY and I just graduated from the University of Louisville. 

Q: What do you study?

A: I graduated with a degree in Philosophy with a concentration on Social Sciences and a minor in Political Science. 

Q: What made you want to intern at Project Vote Smart?

A: I was fairly familiar with PVS after using the website's database for research throughout my undergraduate career. In my senior year a professor of mine, who is on the board of advisors for PVS, asked me if I would like to be nominated to become a National Intern. After looking up the details of the internship, I knew that working with like-minded individuals in an incredibly beautiful natural surrounding would be the perfect way to spend my summer. I enjoy learning and growing my passion for politics while at the same time working toward the all too important goal of providing American voters with unbiased, factual information on candidates and elections. 

Q: What do you do in your free time on the ranch?

A: In the short time (2 weeks) that I've been here, I have already gotten the chance to hike up mountains, swim and canoe on Moose Lake, join a softball league, play 3-on-3 basketball, compete in a volleyball tournament, and sharpen my ping-pong and pool skills. I do this all while spending time with and befriending an incredibly diverse group of fellow interns and staff from all ...

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We are still looking for bright, politically-minded individuals for our 2012 National Internship Program available this Summer and Fall 2012. Spend 10-weeks at our beautiful ranch-style research facilities and help us provide citizens with the factual, unbiased information. Trust us, this isn't your typical internship.

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As media outlets and bloggers scrambled to find the back story on Democratic Presidential Primary Candidate Keith Judd, who won a surprising 41% of the vote in a West Virginia primary, against his more well-known and better-funded opponent, President Barack Obama, it began to emerge that only one (very) reputable source had bothered to reach out to this possible nominee – us. 

A Volunteer Experience like No Other

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Summer is almost here and as always, we could sure use help from those Vote Smart members who are looking to pair a vacation with good works. Whether you have watched our introduction video or visited us in the past, you should know that our research headquarters are uniquely nestled in the high peaks, lakes and streams of the Continental Divide, at the Great Divide Ranch in southwestern Montana. You have to see it to believe it! 

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